Kerry J Miller, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Hello, my name is Kerry and I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist and NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse. I work privately offering face-to-face treatment to adults of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, depression and/or any related difficulties, or just not feeling like themselves.
I have recently left the NHS, where I had been employed in the IAPT/Steps to Wellbeing service since 2008. Prior to this I had worked in a number of roles within (and outside) mental health since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1990.
CBT is recommended by NICE as the treatment of choice across a wide range of psychological problems. Depending on individual need, the number of sessions might be between 6-20 for the so called 'common' mental health problems, and for those with ongoing or more complex issues longer term work might be appropriate, with regular review and top-up sessions by agreement. Treatment need not be rushed or rationed.
My approach is integrative, which means I draw from a number of evidenced treatment models, specifically the third wave approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness.
I am particularly interested in working with military veterans, and have recently become involved with a fabulous local peer-led charity (The Veterans Hub near Weymouth).
I also have an interest in hoarding disorder and I am happy to work intensively and longer term with this to help individuals and families get their homes and lives back.
If you need help with difficulties associated with adjusting to change, health, anxiety or depression, want to explore your values, or just need to share your concerns in a confidential and supportive space, please feel free to contact me to arrange a free initial half an hour appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BABCP accredited CBT psychotherapist, a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and an NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse. As such I am committed to continuing professional development and keep up-to-date with current research and developments in the field of psychology and well-being.
In recent years I have completed courses on How to Manage Pain and Accelerate Healing, Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Activation in Post Natal Depression, Therapist's use of Self in ACT, Compassion Focused Therapy for Complex Presentations and Compassion and Resilience in the Workplace.
This year I have attended additional training in Working with Disordered Eating (Anorexia) and Living Well with Cancer, and completed the ASIST course (Applied Suicide Intervention Training).
I am currently working on a Post Qualification Certificate in Long Term Health Conditions through the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College and Guys Hospital in London. Study includes COPD, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, persistent pain, coronary heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and medically unexplained physical symptoms (including functional and dissociative disorders).
I meet with similarly qualified and experienced therapists for peer supervision and discuss my work with a senior accredited supervisor regularly.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with sleep problems, specific phobias (including blood/needle/injury phobia), social anxiety and agoraphobia.
I have an interest in hoarding disorder and can work flexibly in clients' own homes offering practical support and solutions alongside therapy.
I also use with (the not well known) NICE approved Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) for complex PTSD in my work with The Veterans Hub.
We can talk on the phone or you can come for a no-fee initial meeting of up to half an hour, please email or call to arrange.
For self-funding clients payment is usually made at the start of each session, £75 cash or cheque, and a reduced rate is offered of £300 for five sessions when paid in full, in advance.
Longer sessions (e.g. for PTSD or in intensive work) will incur higher charges.
Work on hoarding disorder is £150 per half day (3-4 hours), working in the clients' own homes, offering practical assistance alongside therapy.
For clients who are being funded through health insurance or employee assistance schemes please contact me to discuss.
It's always hard to know how many sessions will be needed, but a good rule of thumb is to commit to ten sessions, then at session ten we can take stock and see how you're getting on and see if you need any more. If you find that you don't need that many sessions that's fine too. Also, we have to be realistic - no therapy works for everyone, so if my approach doesn't seem right for you, or you're not happy with the way it's progressing, please say so, and it may be possible to refer you on the colleagues who use different approaches.
I work from premises in Bridport with parking, level access and a downstairs loo. I can also offer home visits in the local area if necessary (this may incur extra charges) and from The Veterans' Hub in Weymouth.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
In Bridport I have parking, level access and a downstairs loo, and I offer home visits.
Usually TWTh in Bridport, but feel free to contact me for further details, sometimes it varies and I do try to be flexible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|